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(Last Updated On: March 11, 2019)


Misconduct is behaviour that is not acceptable at work. Your employee handbook should include examples of misconduct and describe the possible consequences of it. Also stress that other behaviours not mentioned could also be treated as misconduct.

Misconduct usually applies to an employee during their working hours. It may be less severe, such as using the phone for personal calls, or serious misconduct, such as stealing or violence. For example:

  • misuse of computers
  • lateness
  • poor presentation
  • unexplained absences
  • inappropriate behaviour with other employees that affects their job
  • abusive behaviour
  • leaking confidential documents or information
  • drinking or drug abuse at work
  • corruption

Employsure helps you identify and deal with misconduct. For peace of mind, please call our 24 hour Advice Line now on 1300 651 415.

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